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GDT: 6/23 and 6/24- NHL Draft


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2 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

He was the one who made that sweet sauce pass to Nico in the top prospects game, nice lol. Here's his scouting report: http://lastwordonhockeyprospects.com/2017/05/10/nikita-popugaev-scouting-report/

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Richard Matvichuk is his coach...really raved about him:


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21 minutes ago, Martyisth3b3st said:

Shouldn't be surprised. Defenseman after the first round are usually 2/3 year projects. You've got no idea what the team will look like in 3 years, it's always in the best interest to take BPA

yea good call.. maybe just hoping we would've traded up or something

o well, this is such a solid weekend im not gonna complain

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2 hours ago, slasher72 said:

Models his game after Malkin and wears #71. Nice. The kid looks fluid on the ice, I'll say that much. Especially for someone who's 6 foot 6

Man have rankings been all over the place this draft? I presume it's like they say today and surprisingly by the draft analysts yesterday, 'until the picks are done, the lies will continue'.

Here's a little history Popugaev: http://pgcougars.com/article/cougars-acquire-russian-forward-nikita-popugaev

Jeff Marek’s Take: “There’s no denying the talent, but is the will there every night? A big, strong winger who can dominate games physically.”

 Cougars general manager Todd Harkins referred to him as a “offensive game-changer.”

“I wanted to play hockey in Canada because here the hockey is better for your draft position,” he told NHL.com.

 NHL Central Scouting ranking him inside the top 30 list of North American skaters entering the draft. Projected to go 29th OA.

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2 hours ago, RizzMB30 said:

Liljegren going to Toronto is a little concerning for me.

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I agree. They arguably got the best D man in the draft and they're already stocked. I only wish Lou drafted that well the past few years he was with us.  

I wonder why Liljegren fell so low. Hmm.

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